Eugene R. Declercq, PhD

Professor, Community Health Sciences
Eugene Declercq
(617) 638-7795declercq@bu.edu
Crosstown Center – CT430
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Biography

Gene Declercq combines formal training in political science with almost twenty years of experience as a certified childbirth educator to examine policy and practice related to childbirth in the US and abroad. His recent work in examining cesarean sections in the US and overseas has focused on maternal and infant morbidity associated with low risk cesareans and with repeat cesareans as well as the programmatic and policy influences on practices related to childbirth practices. This research has been supported as part of his work as a Robert Wood Johnson-funded Health Policy Investigator and by grants from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. He has served as lead author of two national studies of women’s experiences in childbirth entitled Listening to Mothers. He was a technical advisor to the film documentary, The Business of Being Born and has been one of the organizers of a project that has developed a 30 minute version of that documentary that, along with support materials he developed with students, can be used in college classrooms. He was also a producer and presenter of “Birth by the Numbers,” a 20 minute video that examines outcomes associated with current US birth practices. He is principal investigator on two NIH funded collaborative projects examining child and maternal outcomes associated with Assisted Reproductive Technologies (MOSART project) and is one of the founders of the Pregnancy to Early Life Longitudinal (PELL) data system that links vital statistics, hospital, and administrative data on almost 900,000 births in Massachusetts since 1998. He’s also been active in a variety of public health projects in his hometown of Lawrence, Massachusetts, including a current effort to develop a free volunteer based clinic to serve those without access to care. As an educator, he is a past president of the Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health and has been a recipient of the Norman Scotch Award for outstanding teaching at BUSPH. He is currently the BUSPH Assistant Dean for DrPH Education and serves as chair of the DrPH Subcommittee of the Association of Schools of Public Health.

Other Positions:

  • Assistant Dean of Doctoral Education, DrPH Program, Boston University School of Public Health
  • Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Boston University School of Medicine

Education

  • Florida State University, PhD
  • Florida State University, MS
  • University of Massachusetts - Lowell, BS
  • University of Massachusetts - Amherst, MBA

Classes Taught

  • SPHMC763
  • SPHMC763
  • SPHMC931
  • SPHPH851
  • SPHPH866
  • SPHPH866
  • SPHPH866
  • SPHPH986
  • SPHPH986
  • SPHPH986
  • SPHPH990
  • SPHPH990
  • SPHPH990
  • SPHSB922

Publications

  • Published on 11/1/2014

    Kotelchuck M, Hoang L, Stern JE, Diop H, Belanoff C, Declercq E. The MOSART Database: Linking the SART CORS Clinical Database to the Population-Based Massachusetts PELL Reproductive Public Health Data System. Matern Child Health J. 2014 Nov; 18(9):2167-78.

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  • Published on 8/1/2014

    Declercq E. Is medical intervention in childbirth inevitable in Brazil? Cad Saude Publica. 2014 Aug; 30 Suppl 1:S23-4.

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  • Published on 6/22/2014

    Renfrew MJ, McFadden A, Bastos MH, Campbell J, Channon AA, Cheung NF, Silva DR, Downe S, Kennedy HP, Malata A, McCormick F, Wick L, Declercq E. Midwifery and quality care: findings from a new evidence-informed framework for maternal and newborn care. Lancet. 2014 Sep 20; 384(9948):1129-45.

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  • Published on 3/12/2014

    Stern JE, Kotelchuck M, Luke B, Declercq E, Cabral H, Diop H. Calculating length of gestation from the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology Clinic Outcome Reporting System (SART CORS) database versus vital records may alter reported rates of prematurity. Fertil Steril. 2014 May; 101(5):1315-20.

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  • Published on 3/1/2014

    Macdorman MF, Matthews TJ, Declercq E. Trends in Out-of-Hospital Births in the United States, 1990-2012. NCHS Data Brief. 2014 Mar; (144):1-8.

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  • Published on 1/1/2014

    Declercq ER, Sakala C, Corry MP, Applebaum S, Herrlich A. Major Survey Findings of Listening to Mothers(SM) III: Pregnancy and Birth: Report of the Third National U.S. Survey of Women's Childbearing Experiences. J Perinat Educ. 2014; 23(1):9-16.

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  • Published on 1/1/2014

    Declercq ER, Sakala C, Corry MP, Applebaum S, Herrlich A. Major Survey Findings of Listening to Mothers(SM) III: New Mothers Speak Out: Report of National Surveys of Women's Childbearing ExperiencesConducted October-December 2012 and January-April 2013. J Perinat Educ. 2014; 23(1):17-24.

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  • Published on 11/26/2013

    Declercq ER, Belanoff C, Diop H, Gopal D, Hornstein MD, Kotelchuck M, Luke B, Stern JE. Identifying women with indicators of subfertility in a statewide population database: operationalizing the missing link in assisted reproductive technology research. Fertil Steril. 2014 Feb; 101(2):463-71.

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  • Published on 3/18/2013

    Cáceres IA, Arcaya M, Declercq E, Belanoff CM, Janakiraman V, Cohen B, Ecker J, Smith LA, Subramanian SV. Hospital differences in cesarean deliveries in Massachusetts (US) 2004-2006: the case against case-mix artifact. PLoS One. 2013; 8(3):e57817.

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  • Published on 1/1/2013

    Declercq E. The absolute power of relative risk in debates on repeat cesareans and home birth in the United States. J Clin Ethics. 2013; 24(3):215-24.

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